Taking the Learning Outside the Classroom

 

One of the aims of the history faculty has been to bring the history curriculum to life by tapping into the rich resources that are available to us outside the classroom walls.

 

Enjoying the History on Our Doorstep

Students engage with the wide and rich historical culture available on their own doorstep by visiting such places as the National Heritage Center, National Museum of Ireland, Titanic Museum, Trim Castle, Newgrange, Monasterboice and Dublinia.

When learning about our revolutionary past our Leaving Cert students took a walking tour through 1916 Ireland.

Our Transition Year students deepened their knowledge as well developed their research and presentation skills by participating in the Glasnevin Cemetery Tour Guide Workshop.

 

Seeing the Wider World

Since 2006 we have been running International History Tours for our Senior Students as a way of bringing history to life.

Over the years, our students have stood under the Eiffel Tower.

We have stared in awe at Gaudí’s Sagrada Família.

We have stood in respectful silence beside the ruined gas chambers in Auschwitz.

We have looked down on Pompeii from the very top of Mount Vesuvius.

We have traced the lines where the wall came down in Berlin.

We have stared at the wonder of Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and fought imaginary battles with the gladiators in the Colosseum.

In 2017, we explored the Munich and Nuremberg as the birthplace of Nazism.

Where to next?

2018…Iceland.  Home of the Vikings and their early democracy.  And then? Who knows.  There’s a world of history to discover!

 

Our Young Historians – History Club

Our First Year History Club is organised around the Bridge 21 educational model.  This means the responsibility for choosing projects, for organising trips and for raising funds for the club rests with the students.  It is their club.

Meeting at lunchtime, they have created and delivered presentations on the presidents of the world.  Just for Fun!

They visited the excavations at the Hell Fire Club – to see what a real archaeologist’s job is like.  They have explored the impact of the Irish Diaspora in EPIC Ireland – as well as taking time out for a pizza party (to mark all the hard work!).